CDA Cares volunteers sought for San Mateo event
“One of the things that I love about being a dentist is working in a profession filled with compassionate and caring people,” Carliza Marcos, DDS, says. “This spring, we will have a unique opportunity to express our commitment to helping those less fortunate in our community.” Marcos is chair of the San Mateo CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee. CDA Cares will be held April 22-23 in San Mateo.
CDA Journal focuses on crown lengthening
The February Journal of the California Dental Association covers a variety of topics, including crown lengthening needs and outcomes in adults attending a predoctoral clinic; the presentation of a rare case of a giant cell tumor; and a look at California dentists’ knowledge and opinions of the interface between oral and overall health.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month
Now in its 76th year, National Children’s Dental Health Month is observed annually in February with an ADA campaign that brings together dentists and other dental professionals, health care providers and educators to “promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.”
Ride to benefit CDA Foundation
Save the date: The 9th Annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Motorcycle/Bicycle Ride to benefit two CDA Foundation programs will take place April 27-30 in San Clemente. The rides may be the highlight of the event, but those who don’t ride are encouraged to attend to access world-class C.E. opportunities, spend time with peers and enjoy activities in the area.
CDA urges use of Prop. 56 funding as voters intended
The 2017-18 state budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown calls for using tobacco tax-generated funds from Proposition 56 to offset the state’s current obligations to Medi-Cal rather than provide additional funding for provider reimbursement rates. This proposal disregards the will of the voters and the ballot measure’s provisions.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
Here are the top-five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance. Featured are the “Exempt Employee Sample Offer Letter,” “Effective External Marketing Strategies Checklist” and more.
Final notice: Sending an account to collections
Collections is one of the most crucial and challenging aspects of practice management. Using a collections protocol is a basic first step in addressing unpaid balances, but if phone calls and letters go unanswered, a dentist is faced with the dilemma of whether to turn the account over to a collection agency. TDIC advises dentists to carefully consider the pros and cons of such an action.
Signups underway for Give Kids A Smile
Join the growing number of dentists participating in Give Kids A Smile, the ADA Foundation’s annual volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children. Resources are available on the ADA Foundation website.
Google update pulls reviews from across web
Today the reach of consumers’ opinions can extend past family and friends to the web, where review sites allow a reach that is likely immeasurable. Dentists should take note of a Google update launched in mid-September that pulls business reviews from other websites and displays those reviews in the “knowledge panel” — a box of information that appears on the right side of Google search results.
Setting staff up for success in three steps
Skilled employees lead to improved efficiency, which in turn results in more productive workdays for everyone — and better outcomes for patients. Still, most practice owners probably understand that success depends on more than the skills and abilities employees bring with them. Setting staff up for success requires effective hiring and onboarding; proper training and resources; and ongoing, open communication.
Small businesses increasingly targeted by cybercriminals
The National Cyber Security Alliance cites a surprising statistic: 60 percent of small businesses will close within six months of a cyberattack. And cybercriminals are more frequently targeting small businesses and organizations, which were once considered a lesser target. Now, cybercriminals exploit small businesses to gain access to bigger businesses through the distribution chain or payment portals.
San Jose begins community water fluoridation
After years of advocating for community water fluoridation in the largest U.S. city without it, San Jose residents have finally begun receiving the benefits of fluoride. In December, the Santa Clara Valley Water District began fluoridating its water supply serving eastern portions of Santa Clara County.
All 2016 HIPAA breaches must be reported to HHS
HIPAA-covered entities that experienced a breach of protected health information in 2016 are required to notify the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regardless of the size of the breach. An entity’s reporting obligations will depend on whether the breach incident affected fewer than 500 individuals or 500 or more individuals.
Supreme Court issues decision on employee rest periods
The California Supreme Court on Dec. 22 issued an important decision in a case (Augustus v. ABM) involving the security guard industry. In its simplest form, the ruling stated that “… state law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. During required rest periods, employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time.”
FDA bans use of powdered gloves in health care
Dentists, physicians and other health care professionals will no longer be allowed to use powdered gloves when treating patients, per a rule finalized Dec. 16 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The rule was first proposed in March 2016 and takes effect Jan. 18.
Two 'Spots' for twice the free learning
New this year for CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry: The Spot educational theater has expanded to include a second location on the exhibit hall floor. Now, CDA Presents attendees will have nearly twice the number of opportunities to catch free one-hour lectures.
CDA news for your new year, new gadget
If the holidays brought you a new mobile device, you have a new way to stay informed! Download the CDA app to receive the latest news in dentistry, plus access to hundreds of CDA Practice Support resources. You’ll also be able to plan your experience at every CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry convention — including CDA Presents in Anaheim in May.
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